24 Hours of Lemons: The Buick is back!

2018 has been a slow year for our 24 Hours of Lemons east coast team. We missed New Jersey and Thompson, all for various personal reasons mostly from my side. But now my teammates got race hungry and they said that they’re just doing it. Not only that, they decided to do something different. Instead of racing the Halloween Hooptiefest at the end of October in New Hampshire, a track that’s only about two hours away from us, these idiots decided that they were going get adventurous and to trailer the Buick to Gingerman Raceway, Where the Elite Meet to Cheat
Yes, NHMS was way too close so they’re trailering the Buick 14-hours each way. Idiots, both of them. 
That’s right, there is only two of them where the team needs four. These idiots peer-pressured, bullied, and shamed me into going via a single email that asked if I wanted to do it. How could I possibly let my team down!? And I even managed to find a fourth idiot. The former Boston Globe intern is supposedly a top local autocrosser. Great, I’m gonna have to un-teach him some stuff. 

The race car, shown here as the centerpiece of the prestigious Larz Anderson Auto Museum, needs some work. The brakes were awful at our last race in New Hampshire. The transmission wasn’t shifting into fourth. I think we need tires. The shocks are likely crap. Just the basic things. But damn it, it’s going to be nice to hit the track again. See ya there!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The maximum upload file size: 64 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop files here

14 responses to “24 Hours of Lemons: The Buick is back!”

  1. onrails Avatar

    If you need another idiot… 🙂 Gingerman’s only a few hours from me.

    1. Kamil K Avatar

      I asked on twitter. I think we’re good… maybe…

      1. onrails Avatar

        Ha! Well, if you get desperate, I’ll be watching the western skies for the onrails signal.

  2. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    Hopefully the weather will be better for you than last year’s October Gingerman race.

    1. Kamil K Avatar

      How bad was it?

      1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

        It rained the entire weekend. It was mostly just a relentless drizzle for most of the racing, but Saturday night was a deluge. Based on my accidental rain gauge (an empty Solo cup left on my trailer fender) we must have gotten 4″ of rain overnight.
        It was chilly, but not super cold. Just too cold to be that wet for that long.

  3. nanoop Avatar

    I have no questions whatsoever about that car being an exhibit in a museum.

  4. Zentropy Avatar

    Wouldn’t the logical order of events be
    1) fix issues with the car, and
    2) then sign up for the next race?
    Seems a bit like committing to next month’s marathon when you haven’t ran in over a year and you just sprained an ankle tripping over your kids’ bikes while trying to grab another beer from the garage fridge. You guys are crazy.

    1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      After having twice failed to have my car functional in time for a race I signed up for, I vowed to not register unless the car was ready. 6 years and 10 races later, I’ve yet to actually follow this rule. The work always expands to fill the time available, so I’m still wrenching on the day before tech.

    2. Kamil K Avatar

      I fail to understand your reasoning.

  5. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    What an excellent bad idea. Good luck out there!

%d bloggers like this: